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INTERVIEW - Henk van Duijnhoven, KaVo Kerr Group

How did KaVo Kerr Group get started, and what was the goal at the time?

KaVo Kerr Group really originated back in 2004, when our parent company, Danaher, acquired KaVo and Gendex, followed shortly by DEXIS, Pelton & Crane, and Sybron, which brought Kerr and Ormco and then followed many others as time evolved. We were fortunate to have been able to assemble such an outstanding portfolio of brands during the past ten years. The formal name KaVo Kerr Group was articulated just recently and will define our global dental business and portfolio of brands.

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Report States Parents Should Learn First Aid

It’s important for parents to know basic dental first aid, according to a new study.

The American Academy of Pediatrics compiled a study about why parents should know dental first aid before their child visits a dentist in the case of an emergency. This way, the parents can react correctly in emergency situations and provide enough aid for the child before seeing the dentist. The time period between the emergency and treatment can be significant in some cases.

The academy recently released a set of guidelines on how to deal with such situations. If the child is treated correctly and there is a minimal amount of time between the injury and the dental visit, the child generally ends up ok.

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High-Fluoride Toothpaste May Aid Brace Wearers

High-fluoride toothpaste may be beneficial in numerous ways.

A Swedish study from Malmo University suggests that this toothpaste thwarts white spots from developing on the teeth when braces are worn. The fluoride toothpaste possesses four times the regular amount of fluoride found in toothpaste.

Numerous studies have shown that 85 percent of people who have braces develop some kind of white lesions stemming from a type of decay.

This toothpaste proved effective in stopping one third of the white lesions in 11- to 16-year-olds. No toothpaste prior to this one proved to be as reliable in preventing the white spots.

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People Don’t Always Take Advantage of Dental Care

People with dental insurance aren’t necessarily using it, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry concluded that people aren’t knowledgeable enough to understand the importance of dental health. If dental health is neglected, it may lead to poor overall health.

Richard J. Manski, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, was one of the lead authors on the study, which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health. He said people needed to see some positive promotion of dental care to truly realize its importance.

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Antibacterial Agent Aids Toothpaste Success

Triclosan may be the most important ingredient in fluoride toothpaste.

A new study shows that triclosan, which is a bacterial agent, combines with a copolymer to decrease plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums. It also slightly lowers tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.

The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.

Tooth decay and gingivitis are the top causes of tooth loss. Plaque produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.

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